Henry Chan Chun-kit was born in Hong Kong in 1946. He studied in England at the London Film School, and after graduation, he began to work as a cinematographer on documentaries and TV productions. He returned to Hong Kong in 1973 and was employed at Salon Films, where he shot commercials. At the invitation of Patrick Lung Kong, he served as the cinematographer for Mitra (1977), and from then on, he focused on making narrative films. In 1978, he spent 14 months in Korea to shoot King Hu’s Legend of the Mountain (1979) and Raining in the Mountain (1979), the former of which won Best Cinematography at the 10th Golden Horse Awards.
During the two decades he worked as a cinematographer in Hong Kong, Chan had made over 30 films, and his best remembered works include Aces Go Places (1982), Health Warning (1983), Esprit D’amour (1983), Working Class (1985), Lady in Black (1987), Starry is the Night (1988), Dance with the Dragon (1991), Royal Tramp (1992), He’s a Woman, She’s a Man (1994) and Who’s the Woman, Who’s the Man (1996), etc. In 1983 he made his only directorial outing to date with Obsessed (1983).
He immigrated to Canada in 1996, and continued shooting films and television programs in the United States and Canada. In 2005, he was awarded the Leo Awards in Canada for Best Cinematography for his work on the TV series, The Collector.
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